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Inter-Firm Networks and Firm Performance: The Case of Italy

Chiara Burlina

No 216, "Marco Fanno" Working Papers from Dipartimento di Scienze Economiche "Marco Fanno"

Abstract: This study investigates a particular type of network, the inter-firm network (IFN), and its impact on performances of Italian firms between 2010-2015. After revising the literature on alliances and networks for what concerns the geographical and industrial dimension, I focus my attention on networks’ performance and innovation propensity. The empirical analysis, based on a sample of about 4,000 firms, is divided in two parts: firstly, applying a “differencein- difference” technique, is tested the impact of being in an IFN; secondly, focusing on year 2013, are measured the different effects of IFN characteristics. Results demonstrate that belonging to an IFN has a positive impact on firms’ growth. Moreover, industry heterogeneity of members and internationalisation scope (rather than innovation) turn out to be the main factors increasing firm’s profitability and economic growth.

Keywords: Inter-firm network; Alliances; Performance; Difference-in-Difference; Innovation. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C3 L25 P25 R12 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 36 pages
Date: 2018-01
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-bec, nep-cse, nep-eff, nep-ent, nep-eur, nep-geo, nep-sbm, nep-tid and nep-ure
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